CLAYTON -- The City Council on Tuesday issued additional building permits to a local housing developer, but not as many as the firm wanted.
The council voted 4-0, with Councilman David Shuey absent, to issue three building permits to Toll Brothers, two fewer than the developer sought. The company is building 24 homes in a residential subdivision called Diablo Estates at Clayton, located at Seminary Ridge Place.
Prior to Tuesday, the city had issued 19 permits. Toll Brothers has sold 21 houses but could not build two of them because of a condition of the project's approval that requires the developer to set aside a piece of the property as open space.
That land must be transferred to a third party to maintain before the 20th and subsequent permits can be issued.
The developer has been in talks for nearly a year to transfer the property to Save Mount Diablo, though no deal has been struck. The subdivision borders Mount Diablo State Park.
The city denied Toll Brothers its petition asking to waive the condition. City officials said the transfer with Save Mount Diablo is a few weeks away.
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